ER: Season 8
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Combining the extraordinary talents of best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) with Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy-winning producer John Wells ("The West Wing," "China Beach") and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the multiple Emmy Award-winning "ER" provocatively explores the chaos of an urban, public hospital emergency room and the lives of its devoted doctors and staff. Attending Physician Dr. Mark Greene forms the emotional backbone of the emergency room, joined by highly talented but less-than-gracious Dr. Kerry Weaver. Greene's wife, gifted British surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Corday, ably serves as associate chief of surgery, and Senior Resident Dr. John Carter strives to prove his skills every day, alongside intensely brilliant surgical resident Dr. Peter Benton. When the difference between life and death rests on split-second decisions, only one thing endures-the power and passion of these dedicated medical personnel in the ER.]]>
By the end of the season, a number of doctors are gone, none more significant than the two original cast members. Benton's exit is like the doctor himself: clean, efficient, and with barely a hint of emotion. And Greene's departure is also fitting: unable to separate himself from the ER, he stays at work till nearly the bitter end, when he finally relents and takes a trip to his boyhood home of Hawaii, where Iz's Island-flavored rendition of "Over the Rainbow" proves especially moving in the season's penultimate episode, "On the Beach." Other cast members include Julie Delpy as a barmaid who takes a liking to Kovac, Mekhi Phifer as new hotshot intern Greg Pratt, Mary McDonnell and Michael Gross as Carter's parents, Christina Hendricks as Abby's battered neighbor, and Molly Price and Jason Wiles as New York cops in a crossover episode with Third Watch. Bonus features include a gag reel and deleted scenes, including eight from "On the Beach." --David Horiuchi
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I'd go as far as to say the majority of the episodes during season 8 were remarkable, and I'm thrilled they are now available to us on DVD.
The episode in which Greene and his family go to stay in a tranquil house in Hawaii is without a doubt one of the very best in the entire series. I don't think anyone can see it without tears. Greene is the good father and good man we've come to care about, Elizabeth the strong woman we respect, and Greene's daughter gives a fine performance. It's moving, life-affirming, and honors the characters in a way that fans of the show will appreciate.
A strong season.
Be that as it may -- the DVDs. It seems that as the series goes on the DVDs become more and more bare-bones, while the price remains about the same. The extras include the usual deleted scenes (some of which were not actually deleted ...), and a very short gag reel, (which took some hunting down -- it was on a different disc than the box claimed) about a quarter of which consists of scenes of Tony Edwards surfing in Hawaii. That's it. No commentary tracks. While the box claims to have French language subtitles, the discs only offer English.
Of course, the season is monopolized by the lives of Green and Benton. With Benton, it is largely with his battle over custody of "his" son. It is balanced on the kind of tipping point which puts the audience on the side against the law and accepted practice.
The brightest trends are the endurance of Abby Lockhart (Moira Tierney) and the rehabilitation of John Carter (Noah Wyle), with a bit of a blemish on Kerry Weaver's tough exterior (Weaver's scenes are almost always some of my favorites throughout the series. At times, especially in the beginning, she is abrasive against Greene's easy going competence. Once they are no longer in competition, Weaver's hard-ass but fair attitude is a great antidote to Robert Romano's generally nasty persona.
Late in the season, Mekhi Phifer comes on to start filling in the empty slots for the second half of the show's 15 seasons. Phifer's character, which would seem to be a replacement for Eriq La Salle's Peter Benton, is of a much different temperament, who seems sometimes oversure of himself, and sometimes too reckless.
The season ends with what may have been the best season ender since the beginning, which is appropriate, since the season as a whole is pivotal for the characters in the show as a whole.
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I so love Emergency type shows . hard to find locally and I wanted to add to my collection. like new and no problems playing. ER: Season 8Published 4 months ago by bluedoggarden
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